Nov 14, 2013

Basket Painting: A Quick & Easy Basket Makeover

Have you guys seen the basket painting that's been going around?

Well, I apologize for you having to see it one more time but I just couldn't resist!

You all know I'm all for quick and easy...and if it just happens to be free (like this little update happened to be) then I'll not allow the "this has been done before" attitude get in the way. 

This little project also happens to be easier than my DIY Hook Towels you saw on my last post!

Moving right along...

If you have a basket laying around, it may find itself getting a little makeover after you read this post. That's how easy painting a basket is!

As for my victim, here it is...or was: 

Cute basket, right? One of the secretaries from my husband's work gave it to him to give to me. She must of heard of his wife collecting things no one else wants. No judging.

 I just thought it looked a little sad without any color.

Not to worry...

Craft paint to the rescue!

I used White, Gray and Patina FolkArt Acrylic Paint and a foam brush and smaller brush for the circles.
I totally forgot to include my white craft paint in this 20 second photo session! Oops.


I thought that painting the strips going horizontally that hold the basket together would add just the perfect amount of pizzazz without going overboard.

And it was...perfect.

 I used the Patina paint (blue with a hint of green) on the top and bottom strip with my foam brush. 

I also wasn't careful to completely cover all the material. 

I wanted it to have a faded- worn out effect.

And the white paint was used along the middle strip. I then painted gray dots (not very well, as you can see) on top of the staples.

 And now this little basket happily sits beside my daughter's bed holding all her sleeping buddies (she gets to pick one to sleep with every night before she goes to bed).

Not bad for a 20 minute painting job!

What do you think? Do you like to see a little color on baskets or prefer them al' naturale?

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Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

Amazing what some paint can do!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

It is, isn't it? Thanks, Laurie for stopping by :)

The Grass Skirt Blog said...

Love this! I was going to put a basket in my baby girl's nursery and just might have to bust out the paint. :)
The Grass Skirt

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Erin! Congratulations on your little girl!!!

Vel Criste said...

Love the color you chose Selene!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Vel!! I almost went with pink but I'm glad I went with this pretty aqua blue instead :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Love this, Selene! The basket looks great! I have a ton of craft paint and foam brushes in my stash and now you're making me look around my house to see what I can use them on. :) Are your daughter's walls painted with a green and pink stripe in her room? It looks fabulous!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

You're a swertheart for saying so Lisa! Thank you :)
The stripes are actually yellow bit sometimes the lighting makes them look green:)

Doreen@househoneys said...

It's the little things that paint! Very nice!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Doreen! And you're so right!!

Tasha A. said...

Oh, I just love this! What a simple, easy makeover. I am headed out to Michaels in a bit for a variety of things and now I may have to add some of these baskets to my list. Thanks for the inspiration!

- Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Tasha!! It really is so simple yet still brings worthy results!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Megan {Willow Way Blog} said...

what a cute, easy fix!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Megan! It really is! And very functional, too! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Erin Melikidse said...

oh what a great idea to do with older basket's. Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Erin! Thanks for returning the gesture ;)

jelly andrews said...

It looks so much better. You really transformed it into something that could start up a conversation. And I guess you give some character and life to the basket.

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